Post-2015 Development Agenda


The next era of human development: UNICEF and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

For nearly 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a guiding force on many issues affecting the lives of children, young people and their families.  Much progress has been made in reducing preventable child deaths, getting more children into schools (including girls), reducing extreme poverty and in ensuring more people have access to safe water. 

With the MDGs era coming to an end this year, 2015, the world has a historic opportunity to set a course for the next era of human development that is transformational for both people and planet.  Already millions have been involved in crafting what this new sustainable development agenda will look like: governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the UN system, concerned citizens and others.  

UNICEF is firmly committed to ensuring that children remain at the centre of the next development agenda, as they have been with the MDGs.  Furthermore, UNICEF believes that an equity-based approach is essential to ensure that the most disadvantaged children and families are fully included in future development progress.  Finally, as the next development agenda will need to integrate the three core dimensions of sustainable development – the social, the economic and the environmental – the central message must be that sustainable development starts with safe, healthy and well-educated children.




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